Monday, April 14, 2008

I've Been Tagged

I have been tagged by Jane Know of Fallacy Findings.
Here are the rules of the tag game:

1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 (or more) pages.

A Midwife's Tale, by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

2. Open the book to page 123 and find the 5th sentence.

Martha had been right: telling tales about a justice of the peace, or his family, might,"Expose and perhaps ruin" a person.

3. Post the next 3 sentences.

July 18, 1790. "At ditto, Attended etc. etc." Martha was present, though she gave no detail when the jury heard the case of Thomas Meloney, charged with cohabitating with his sister Joannah and murdering an infant born of her body. Their father deposed that the two were indeed brother and sister, that, "they had Lived in one house together Ever Since Joannah had her first Child," that she now had three children, but that "I don't know who was the father of them children." The old man signed his testimony with a mark.

It is a very good book about the experiences of a midwife between 1785 and 1812 in rural Maine:

"A marvelously nuanced, subtle and unillusioned portrayal of one woman's life in early America. It has the makings of a classic."

Stepen Innes, University of Virginia


1 comment:

Jane Know said...

Hmm, interesting... I may have to read that. (I am actually taking a midwifery class this quarter)